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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  32,922 ratings  ·  773 reviews
First published in 1903, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” is the charming and classic children’s novel beloved the world over. Written by the American author and educator Kate Douglas Wiggin, it is the story of young and poor Rebecca Rowena Randall, who goes to live with her spinster aunts in the town of Riverboro when she is ten years-old. Rebecca’s father had died three year ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1903)
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AGMaynard Definitely a book about a family. Rebecca leaves some family behind at Sunnybrook Farm and connects with them intermittently. She goes to live with he…moreDefinitely a book about a family. Rebecca leaves some family behind at Sunnybrook Farm and connects with them intermittently. She goes to live with her mother's sisters Miranda and Jane--more family. She creates family in neighbors, the Cobbs, growing to call them Aunt and Uncle and visits and seeks them out regularly for advice and help.(less)

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Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a charming, funny and beautiful read, a simple back to basics story , beautiful prose and a feel good read that suprised me and left me with a lovely warm feeling on completing this novel. My 13 years old self would have loved this Novel.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 1903 children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin that tells the story of Rebecca Rowena Randall and her Aunts Miranda and Jane Sawyer one stern and one kind, in the fictional village of Riverboro, Maine. Rebec
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hey-kids
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin vs Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

While reading this book I was surprized to find how similar it is to Anne of Green Gables. Well, Rebecca came first. Damn. In many ways it is the better book, but Anne is less preachy. This article compares the two books at length, and that comparison reveals much regarding the differences between American and Canadian culture.

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm opens with eleven-year-old Rebecca Rowena Randall’s journey by stagecoa
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
What a weird little book. It was written 5 years before Anne of Green Gables and they are somewhat similar in theme, but Anne of Green Gables is about 10 times better. The writing here is inconsistent, dialogue is contrived and the characters lack depth. Not to mention Rebecca's "love interest," the 30-year-old Alan Ladd, who appears to fall for her at the age of 11 and pursues her in a way that gave me the creeps.
I found Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm similar in many ways to Anne of Green Gables. Rebecca's story was written 5 years earlier than Anne's, but it doesn't appear that Lucy Maud Montgomery was influenced by Wiggin's novel. Rebecca's is a inspiring story, not quite on the level of Anne's though. But it's a cute story with a feel good ending.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th-century literature
Note, Oct. 10. 2018: I just edited this review to embed a link to an online article I referred to here. (When I originally reviewed the book, I wasn't as adept at embedding links as I've become since then.)

My first encounter with this book was as a grade-school student back in the early 60s; I'd read Wiggins' short story collection spin-off, New Chronicles of Rebecca, first (not sure why, now!), and that whetted my appetite to get Rebecca's whole story. The 1995 (approximately) date is for the s
K.D. Absolutely
Rebecca's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 10 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year. New Year always means new beginning, new hope... Do you remember when you were still in school and after reading a story in class, the teacher asked you what was the lessons you learned from it? So, in
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I were teaching a literature class, I would definitely use this book to compare the early American society that existed over 100 years ago to today's American society. I first read this book as a child in the early 1970s. At that time I enjoyed literature filled with wholesome views of life, family, and hope. A few months ago, the title of this book came up in a trivia game I was playing, and I thought I would love to reread the story to relive the happiness I felt while reading it as a child ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Orphan Stories and/or Vintage Girls' Fare
Rebecca Rowena Randall - named for the two heroines of Sir Walter Scott's novel of adventure and romance, Ivanhoe - sets out on an adventure of her own in this classic American children's story, first published in 1903, leaving her home at Sunnybrook Farm to live with her two maiden aunts in Riverboro, Maine, there to receive the benefits of an education, and the 'proper' upbringing that her much-beleaguered mother cannot provide to her. With an eye for beauty, a vivid imagination, and a tal ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Just ok. My main problem is that Rebecca and some storylines are so similar to Anne of Green Gables and LM Montgomery did a much better job fleshing out the characters and story.
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Rebecca Randall is the young girl at the center of this classic coming-of-age novel. Living on the idyllic Sunnybrook Farm with her six siblings and her widowed mother, she is sent at age nine to live with her two elderly aunts in Riverboro, Maine. In exchange for her help they will provide room and board, a suitable wardrobe and ensure she receives an education. Her mother hopes it will be “the making of Rebecca.” The novel follows Rebecca through young adulthood.

What a delight this classic is
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite childhood stories & i enjoyed rereading it so much! ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this! There are striking similarities to Anne of Green Gables, although this was published 5 years earlier; and to Pollyanna, which was published 10 years after this. So although Rebecca isn't quite as well known, she came before Anne or Pollyanna! I recommend this to fans of either of those books or to anyone who wants to read a classic, wholesome story about an intelligent, imaginative young girl who makes the best of what life hands her.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending. Do we
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
The book is overall a weaker version of Anne of Green Gables. It opens strongly and has several memorable episodes in it involving the young Rebecca. The areas with the pink parasol are particularly good and true to life. Some of Rebecca's classmates at school are also interesting, and several pieces of dialogue are hilarious.
The book suffers from an awkward romantic sub-plot involving Rebecca and a man old enough to be her dad. He's nice in himself, but flatly too old for Rebecca. Rebecca
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a classic American 1903 children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin that tells the story of Rebecca Rowena Randall and her aunts, one stern and one kind, in the fictional village of Riverboro, Maine. Rebecca's joy for life inspires her aunts, but she faces many trials, gaining wisdom and understanding.

Wiggin wrote a sequel, New Chronicles of Rebecca. Eric Wiggin, a great-nephew of the author, wrote updated versions of several Rebecca books, including a co
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erin by: Meredith
Shelves: childrens
Recommended by my friend Meredith after I explained by love obsession with Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy series. This was one of those books I was always vaguely aware of, but never quite got to reading.

There was definitely a bit of Betsy in Rebecca with her love of writing, otherwise their stories are quite different - Rebecca is sent to live with her two maiden aunts when there are just too many children and too little money at her widowed mother's home. Rebecca charms many in her new town
Sep 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids_book, classics
I was repeatedly irked by the frequent reminders from the author about how much better Rebecca was than all the other children. More interesting, smarter, livelier, etc. What an annoying girl to grow up with! Count me as unimpressed.
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
During this first time reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, I found it very difficult to enjoy it on its own merit and to give it my undivided attention. If you are a Canadian girl worth her salt - you will have grown up reading Anne of Green Gables, which holds an iconic status in Canada. If you then read Rebecca, which was published 5 years earlier than Anne of Green Gables, you will then be dumbfounded by the similarities. And so you can appreciate, that I read this book while constantly think ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
An engaging read, but Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm comes in a distant second compared to Anne of Green Gables. As I was reading, there were numerous occassions I encountered distinct simlarities between the two characters. In each case I favored Anne over Rebecca.

One of the reasons I found myself preferring Anne is a result of her friendship with Diana vs. Rebecca's friendship with Emma Jane. When the Rebecca character became "bosom friends" with Emma Jane it wasn't out of any real wish to, but ra
Andrea Cox
A delightful story, this one reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. Deep and rich, it drew me inn and entertained me for hours. The narrator, Barbara Caruso, might have sounded similar to actress Tyne Daly at times, and I thought she did a brilliant job bringing Rebecca and the other interesting characters to life. I enjoyed the poignancy and chatterbox qualities of this story. Definitely one I’ll read again sometime.

Content: profanities (two)
This is one of my favourites from my childhood and simple and charming novel. I reread it by chance recently and found it appealing just the same. The protagonist, Rebecca Randall is not so much different in her unforgettable personality comparing to Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) or Emily Starr (Emily of New Moon) but in Rebecca's tale, her growth emotionally and physically, takes place in a single novel and she is a unique among others. Imaginative, unconventional, and sometimes irrespons ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
My copy of this book is the "Shirly Temple Edition." My mom gave it to her youngest sister in 1953, and then my aunt gave it to me in 1978.

Rebecca is a plucky heroine who goes to live with her maiden aunts. She is intelligent and imaginative, much to the chagrin of Aunt Miranda, who has definite ideas about children and their place in the world.

This is another of those books where to domestic details fascinate me. My favorite chapters were always the one about Rebecca and her pink dress, the hos
Mar 10, 2010 marked it as to-read
The "What's the Name of that Book" group on goodreads helped reunite me with this book. I must have read this when I was about 11 or 12. Now that I am reading the GR reviews, I believe this book played a big role in shaping my idea of the kind of teenager and/or young woman I was supposed to grow up to be. Seems I was always trying to be cheerful, studious, gregarious, and free-spirited. I can't wait to re-read this and re-connect to that childhood that feels so long ago, when my future had not ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Second reading - September 2016

First reading - June 2015

This has to be one of the most endearing girl classics that I have read. It is a such a deft blend of humor, sentimentality and serious character study. Fans of Anne of Green Gables, Daddy Long Legs, Caddie Woodlawn, Understood Betsy, Pollyanna and Eight Cousins will find this to be a satifying, enobling and enriching read. I laughed out loud, pondered and cried.
I had to read this book for the name. :)

Overall, I was disappointed. Wiggin over-states the morals in the story, which is a little eye-rolly. Rebecca is similar to Anne in Anne of Green Gables, but this book was published first.

Even though we share a name...I'd say skip it and read Anne.
Katie Schuermann
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dear, sweet, impossibly perfect Rebecca: Your soulful optimism and flowery prose blew a fresh breeze across my grim-of-late reading list. I very much enjoyed making your acquaintance, though Anne-girl will always be my bosom friend.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i found this book at a library sale and stupidly for the longest time i thought this was part of the anne of green gables series?! so i never looked into it because i figured i would get to it once i started the series but lo and behold, it's its own book, and it's not even by the same author as anne of green gables lmao

so rebecca of sunnybrook farm is a standalone novel about a precocious little girl named rebecca who is sent to live with her spinster aunts in a small town in maine, because h
It had looked into another heart, felt it beat and heard it sigh, and that is how all hearts grow.

This was simply wonderful. I've heard of this book for years, but never read it because a) I didn't think it would be very good, and b) I thought it was a rip-off Anne of Green Gables. I was wrong on both accounts, and I'm so glad for it.

Five years and an entire country separate this book and the release of Anne, and to be honest... I might prefer this one... (blasphemous, I know).

The plot is on
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

3.5 stars rounded up

I am a huge Shirley Temple fan and LOVED her in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, so when I saw this tour I knew I had to jump on it! Well, besides the characters names Rebecca, and Miranda, nothing from the book made its way to the movie. After the initial shock, I realized that I got to experience a whole new story.

Listening to this classic was very interesting. It was almost as if I was shuttled back in time and in that quaint little town right there with everyone. There were ma
Brianna Preston
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was with a great deal of dismay that I realized my beloved Anne of Green Gables must have been patterned, at least in part, after this book. I suppose I had enjoyed thinking of Anne as her own entity--a fresh and new conception on the part of L.M. Montgomery. Rebecca changed that notion for me. A great part of Rebecca's personality is given to Anne along with similarity of circumstance and experiences. At first, this made me dislike Rebecca. She felt like an impostor since I had known Anne so ...more
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
I wasn't sure I would like this book at first (I didn't like that she was sent away from her family until I understood the motives better and I hated the way Rebecca was treated, I don't like the old fashioned strictness, it bothers me), but by the end, I'd fallen in love. Like Rebecca, I was able to forgive the aunt. I loved the relationships and the character of Rebecca. I especially loved how much she loved to read and how that was a strong part of her character. I also loved the service, sel ...more
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